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Breast MRIs

Breast MRIs

A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the breast and surrounding tissue. It does not use radiation (x-rays). A breast MRI can be done in combination with mammography or ultrasound. A breast MRI does not replace a mammogram. It does however, offer a clear picture of parts of the breast that are hard to see any other way.

Breast MRI scans may be requested by your physician for one of these reasons:

  • Evaluate an abnormal result on a mammogram or breast ultrasound
  • Evaluate a breast lump (usually after biopsy)
  • Screen for cancer in women at very high risk for breast cancer (such as those with a strong family history)
  • Screen for cancer in women with very dense breast tissue
  • Check for more cancer in the same breast or the other breast after breast cancer has been diagnosed
  • Distinguish between scar tissue and tumors in the breast
  • Evaluate for possible rupture of breast implants
  • Find any cancer that remains after surgery or chemotherapy

An MRI of the breast can also show blood flow through the breast area and the blood vessels in that area of the body.

If a Breast MRI is requested by your physician, you will be provided with the best care by the Mission Regional Medical Center Imaging department and Breast Care Center staff.